ANCIENT CHINA Three-hole Spade Bu money Zhou dynasty China 1045-256 BC Nu Shi Yi
Zhou dynasty of China (1045 to 256 BC)
Zhong Shan and Zhao States
Three hole spade money - Nu Shi Yi 女石邑 - One Liang
Weight: 13.5 grams, Size: 70 mm; Bronze
Three hole spade Money
Three hole spades: Holes in the handle and feet. Round handle, round shoulders, and round feet. Another rare type. Two sizes are found. The large size has the inscription liang (Chinese: 兩; pinyin: liǎng) on the reverse; the smaller shi'er zhu(Chinese: 十二銖; pinyin: sh?鑢 zhū) (12 zhu). As the liang unit of weight was divided into 24 zhu, clearly the two sizes represent denominations of a 搊ne?and of a 揾alf? They also have series numbers on the handle on the reverse. Like the Round Foot Spades, it is not definitely established which State issued them. Their find spots are in eastern Shanxi and Hebei. The mint names are cities that were occupied by both Zhong Shan and Zhao.